Nguyễn Hữu An
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|Nguyễn Hữu An|
|Born||October 1, 1926
Truong Yen Commune, Gia Vien District (Hoa Lu), Ninh Binh Province
|Died||April 9, 1995 (aged 68)
|Service/branch||Vietnam People's Army|
|Years of service||1945–1995|
|Commands held||Vietnam People's Army|
|Battles/wars||First Indochina War
Military Exploits Orders
Liberation Military Exploits Order
In the First Indochina War, An took part in several decisive battles. He participated in the battles of Bong Lau Pass and Lung Phay in 1949. The following year he took part in the Border Campaign, he was commander of Battalion 251- a battalion of Regiment 174 (CAA Bac Lang) at the Battle of Dong Khe. He successively held titles of battalion commander, regiment deputy commander participating in actions at Binh Lieu, Vĩnh Phúc, and Moc Chau. In the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, he commanded Regiment 174 of the 316th Division, and three times attacked Hill A1 (Éliane 2). On 7 May 1954 Regiment 174 finally overcame French defences on A1 and this marked one of the final actions in the battle.
In the Vietnam War (aka "The American War")
Ho Chi Minh Campaign
In the 1975 Spring Offensive, Major General Nguyen Huu An was Commander of 2nd Corps (Huong Giang). 2nd Corps, under his command, successively captured Quảng Trị and Huế; and in combination with armed forces of Military Region No.5 defeated nearly 100,000 regular troops of the ARVN within just 3 days at Da Nang. He then commanded the entire corps to march along nearly 1000 km to engage in the Ho Chi Minh Campaign after having destroyed the ARVN defensive line in Phan Rang.
After the end of the Vietnam War, An continued serving in the Vietnamese military. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in 1980. Six years later, he was promoted to Colonel General. He held key posts in military such as Assistant Inspector General of the Vietnam People's Army, Deputy Chief concurrently Chief of Staff and Acting Commander of Military Region No.2 (1984–1987), Director of Army Academy (1988–1991), and Director of Academy of National Defense (1991–1995). He died in 1995.
He was called the "General of Battles" by famed General Vo Nguyen Giap.
The Communist Party of Vietnam and State of Vietnam awarded him with:
- Independence Order of First-Class
- Two Military Exploits Orders of First-Class
- Military Exploits Order of Third-Class
- Liberation Military Exploits Order of Third-Class
- Two Exploits Orders of First and Second-Class
- Victory Order of Second-Class